Shadow IT and the rise of edge applications

Shadow IT is at the forefront of your future development. Embrace it.

Dave Rosenberg Co-founder, MuleSource
Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.
Dave Rosenberg

One of the more interesting enterprise IT topics of late is the realization that there are "shadow" or "rogue" IT efforts at a vast majority of companies. These efforts are often how open source applications gain a foothold and lead to "legitimate" usage.

SOA magazine has a good overview of Shadow IT and how it relates to SOA.

The term "shadow IT" was coined for systems built without corporate approval inside business units, departments and whole subsidiaries. Born from the IT backlogs of every organization, shadow IT can drive innovation and effectiveness without hindering larger IT evolution. While organizations wrestle to centralize their applications, the reality is shadow IT is not going away. As such, it is most effective to ensure the sustainability of shadow IT instead of attempting to avoid it.

Via: Joe McKendrick